It’s been a big year for me, and my Annabel Lee

 

My first short film, The Key To Annabel Lee [a woman in triptych], has exceeded my expectations in every way. I presented the story in all earnestness and with the intention of producing art and beauty, but I wasn’t trying to please anyone other than myself. I simply created something that had appeal and meaning to me… and lo and behold, there’s been a most humbling and gratifying response.

I would not have pursued the festival circuit on my own, for instance, but the film/s (why is it a triptych? click here) keeps finding its way to the big screen. For the world premiere, a mutual friend of Ogre’s and mine, Sean Fernald, festival director for Imagi-Movies, invited me. I was so floored, honored, pleased, you-name-it, to have not only nearly all of the crew and stars in attendance that night, but also so many of my dearest friends who would not ordinarily turn up for events like this. To have them come and show their support really floored me. Parts 1, 2 and 3 played just before Ogre’s cinematic star vehicle Repo! The Genetic Opera, which could not have been more perfect.

Laemmle Music Hall Theater, Beverly Hills, CA April 2011 - Annabels 1, 2, 3 and a wicked wolfie. L to R - Cherilyn Wilson, Corrie Shenigo, yours truly, & Diane Ayala Goldner

 

Spooky Dan moderating the Q&A between Annabel Lee and Repo! The Genetic Opera.

 
 

with Famous Monsters of Filmland Imagi-Movies Film Festival Director, Sean Fernald, April 2011

Tonight Annabel will be sharing the stage with Nancy, another lovely lady of dreams, delirium, and demon’s delight — that’s the feature film I Am Nancy, starring Heather Langenkamp (Freddy Kruger’s first fixation from the 1982 original A Nightmare on Elm Street). The festival takes place in Big Bear, CA. [9/30 – Oct 2].

Heather "Nancy" Langenkamp & Staci "Annabel" Wilson - celebrating screenings for the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival, September 2011

 

A few days ago, festival director Christopher Gaida and me walked the red carpet in the heart of Hollywood at St. Felix to help kick off the festivities for The Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival (here’s the official word on opening night at horror.com). I owe a fantastic-sized favor to my dear friend Dan Farrands (producer, A Haunting in Connecticut), who was, er, key in putting Chris and I together… so it was really special to see him there as well.

with Christopher Gaida, Festival Director for the Big Bear Horro-Fi
 

Hugging my guardian angel, Daniel Farrands!

I will not be attending the festival (my “day job” as a horror film reporter calls, this weekend — it’s time for The Thing remake!), but I am so proud to be a part of the festivities and cannot wait to hear responses from a whole different crowd of horror fans. (Though my film isn’t truly “horror”, it is soaked in its salty seas thanks to the morose intonation of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.)

The Key to Annabel Lee’s second public showing was at the Viscera Film Festival on July 17, 2011. That screening was especially poignant because not only are two of the smartest, most beautiful ladies in the genre — Heidi Martinuzzi and Shannon Lark —behind the fest, they are head and shoulders above the rest in their tireless efforts to spotlight female filmmakers. Since my mini-movie is so intrinsically about the life experience of evolution from girl to woman, being in the company of so many other, much more accomplished, lady directors was surreal to say the least — and inspiring to say the most. I was honored, once again, by the presence of several of those who helped bring the film to fruition — most touchingly, my composer Mars, who traveled from Auburn to L.A. to see it on the big screen for the first time.

with Festival Director and co-founder, Heidi Martinuzzi, July 2011

with Festival Director and co-founder, Heidi Martinuzzi, July 2011

 

Prior to the screenings at the festival at Cinefamily in L.A., we ladies had dinner and dessert at the famous Canter's deli

 

strolling the Viscera Red Carpet with Jeffrey Reddick (who's got a film in the Sacramento Horro-Fi tonight, too) & Annette Slomka (who worked on Annabel Lee, and had her own very successful showing at Viscera for The Blood Shop)

 

As life tends to do, one thing dovetailed into another, and Mars was instrumental (bar-rum-bum — a little musical humor there) in getting Annabel Lee, the entire triptych, accepted into his local Sacramento Horror Film Festival. It will be playing there on October 8, 2011 in tandem with a Repo! The Genetic Opera shadow cast performance (I’ve seen Amber’s Sweets perform at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival of 2009… they are outstanding).

What’s more, the lovely and amazing Ogre will be in attendance to see The Key to Annabel Lee for the first time on the big screen. I am so very proud of him… I hope he loves his performance in the film even a quarter as much as I do (knowing him, he’ll pick himself apart unmercifully… but his rendition and embodiment is so beautiful and so much more than I ever would have asked of him — that’s the wonder and the joy of working with true artists; they actually care).

 

Also on October 8, The Key to Annabel Lee will be playing at Cella Gallery in North Hollywood via projection loop with other apropos spooky shorts to augment the main draw, which is the Grimm Fairytales-inspired art of Cory Benhatzel, Steven Daily and other selected painters and illustrators. This is really so cool to me, as my forever friend (and an actor in my upcoming short, The Night Plays Tricks) Mike Armes described Annabel Lee in its three petite puzzle pieces more as “installation art” than standard cinema. I always loved that observation, and now it’s become an actuality!

In sum, if you’re in Big Bear tonight, Sacramento or NoHo Arts District next Saturday… then you can see The Key to Annabel Lee! For those not getting out, the triptych is viewable on the Blue Streak Productions channel at YouTube.

Please stay tuned for more blogs from me about The Night Plays Tricks, another arty exploration that’s idiosyncratic to me. (Yes… I did mutter the cliché “it’s a very personal film” onstage during the Q&A at Viscera. Quite silly of me to say, but you know what? It’s the truth!)

ANNABEL LEE [A Woman In Triptych] to premiere at Imagi-Movies Festival via Famous Monsters of Filmland

About the short films [TRT: 14 minutes] – Dreams, Delirium, & Death are at play in The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman In Triptych], a moody mystery set on the sounding seashore and inside the chimerical kingdom of an enigmatic poet.

The Key To Annabel Lee will premiere just before Repo! The Genetic Opera

 

The first farrago of femmes will foray into the late Forry’s FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND frontier on Saturday April 9, 2011 at 10 p.m. in Beverly Hills, CA., at the their IMAGI-MOVIES Festival.

In the meantime check out the trailer and related preview video below, then after the jump is the list of Cast & Crew

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Worldwide Trailer Debut Aired on THIS WEEK IN HORROR (a special Poe episode, with guest Roger Corman)

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The Key to Annabel Lee [A Woman in Triptych] Official Trailer

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Behind the Scenes (and shoes)

Behind the scenes (& shoes) of Annabel Lee from Blue Streak on Vimeo.

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The Key to Annabel Lee CREDITS

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Cast

Diane Ayala Goldner “The Partner”
Corrie Shenigo “Annabel: Tango”
Cherilyn Wilson “Annabel: Doll”
Staci Layne Wilson “Annabel: Rocks”

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Nivek Ogre “The Narrator”

 
Crew

Staci Layne Wilson – Director, Producer, Editor
Enzo Giobbé – Director of Photography, Steadicam Operator
Annette Ashlie Slomka – Line Producer, Photography
Shem Andre Byron – Production Assistant, Lighting, Photography   
Emma Julia Jacobs – Key Make-Up Artist and Hair Design
Mars of Dead House Music – Theme and Score, Sound Design
Terrance Zdunich – Artwork
Terrence Kelsey – Production Assistant, Photography
Frank H. Woodward – Production Assistant, HMI Lighting
Brian Feeney – Production Assistant, Boom
Andrew Kasch – Shoe Wrangler


Special Thanks:    

Mike Armes, Fariba Khalvati-Beighlie, Phil Cruz, Doug Hutchison, Elric Kane, Bill Malone, Heidi Martinuzzi, Debi Moore, Matt Raub, Ryan Rotten, Sean Smithson, Uncle Creepy

Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival, Viscera Film Festival, Horror.com, This Week In Horror, Fangirltastic, Dread Central, Fangoria, Shock Till You Drop, Fatally Yours, TK69

Edgar Allan Poe, Roger Corman*, Roger Vadim, Jean Rollin, Vladimir Nabokov, Jess Franco

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*This credit was in place _BEFORE_ Roger saw my trailer and said he liked it – Scout’s honor!

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For those new to The Key to Annabel Lee… here’s a brief rundown from Fearnet

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Each of the three triptychs of The Key to Annabel Lee will debut  at the Famous Monsters of Filmland ImagiMovies Festival in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday April 9 (10:00PM) before a special screening of Repo! The Genetic Opera. The fourth and final version, “Intergration”, will be shown at the Viscera Film Festival on July 17 in Los Angeles.

Here’s the official description of the film…

“The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.” — Edgar Allan Poe

Death, and things in threes, are major themes in The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman In Triptych]. Narrating and starring in the films (four shorts, in all — best-described as a cinematic form of installation art) is Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera), famous as the lead singer of the industrial rock band, Skinny Puppy. Diane Ayala Goldner (Feast) appears as a wolf-like seducer in two installments of the experimental film, but “the star of the show, as in the poem, is Annabel Lee herself,” says Wilson. “She is the triptych of the tale, representing a notion along the lines of The Three Faces of Eve.” The director plays a version of the doomed heroine, along with Cherilyn Wilson (Parasmonia) and Corrie Shenigo (After You).

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“I have three distinct dynamic segments, each of which are be comprised of the women portraying Annabel Lee,” just because, “I like things in trios: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Trinities. Sun, moon, and stars. My color palette of red, white, and black. Trimesters. Seraphs — as mentioned in the poem — are angels described as having three wings. Poe uses three R’s – rhyme, rhythm, and repetition – in Annabel Lee.” The fourth, and most major, part is entitled “Integration” and merges the three personalities into one story.

While the plot line hasn’t been revealed yet, Wilson offers some insights. “One of my favorite novels of all time, Lolita, was a little inspired by Poe’s Annabel Lee… Originally, Nabokov titled the novel The Kingdom by the Sea. There are a few connections in my film, especially in regard to the forbidden, obsession, and fetish. Other inspirations include Little Red Riding Hood (see: the Blue Streak Productions logo), the works of Lewis Carroll, and the photography of Helmut Newton.”

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” — Edgar Allan Poe

Next up, The Key To Annabel Lee will be shown on July 17, 2011 at the 4th Annual Los Angeles Viscera Festival. To keep updated, please visit www.bluestreakproductions.com

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Till when, I remain… Poe’s truly

Staci Layne Wilson's ANNABEL LEE - coming soon!

The Key To Annabel Lee – My Poe Passion Project

 

It’s about 10 days until the big screen world premiere of The Key To Annabel Lee [a woman in triptych] and things are getting crazy (with horrible intervals of sanity — i.e., life going on with all the usual writing deadlines, junkets to cover, chores to do). Not only did I get an amazing compliment on the trailer from Roger Corman himself, but I’ve gotten some other flattering attention on the film(s) which I wasn’t expecting.

It’s odd how sometimes one can capture a bit of a rapture without guile. It seems I merely tapped into the collective unconscious. I mean, when I conceived this in October of 2010 I just did it because I liked the poem and some visuals sprang to mind — I had no idea John Cusack had been cast as Poe in a feature called The Raven; I didn’t know about the Stevie Nicks album being released in May 2011; I certainly never would have guessed ABC would be doing a Poe TV series; and actor Jeffrey Combs hadn’t yet announced his return to L.A. with Nevermore. While it may seem preconceived now, I swear on the graves (both of them) of imp of the perverse himself: it wasn’t!

Can’t wait for everyone to see the [triptych] next month, and then the final showpiece, “Integration” in June.

The Key to Annabel Lee L.A. premieres: April 9, 2011 – Imagi-Movies Film Festival (www.famousmonstersoffilmland.com) and June 17, 2011 – Viscera Film Festival (FanGirlTastic.com)

Here’s a look at the debut of the trailer, when we had Roger Corman and Jeffrey Combs on as guests in an all-Poe episode of THIS WEEK IN HORROR.

That was a banner day for sure. So gratifying to get a wonderful comment from Roger, whose Tomb of Ligeia has always been one of my very faves, and also to see Jeffrey again. Here is another coincidence: I got to know Jeffrey through his work on Parasomnia, where he worked with Cherilyn Wilson, whom I later cast as one of the Annabels. Back in 2006, no one could have predicted that in 2011 we’d all have active Poe projects! And another one: I met both Roger, and Jeffrey, for the first time in 2006 (and the photographic evidence to go with it).

At the 2006 Comic-Con

On This Week In Horror, March 2011

 
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On the set of Parasomnia, December 2006

 

And now, on This Week In Horror, March 2011

 

If you’re so inclined, check out the one-hour Poe episode of THIS WEEK IN HORROR, which covers Corman and Combs completely.  or… CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FROM iTUNES

Also, for those interested in the “other” Poe stuff, the reporter in me can’t help but share. Apparently Cusack announced he’s involved in The Raven via Tweet – how a-poe-praite.

“official- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe-gold my way as i begin this journey into the abyss.”

The movie is a fictionalized account of Poe’s mysterious last days, following a serial killer inspired by his horror stories. Hopefully it’ll be good but my hopes are a tad low, as it’s directed by James McTeigue, who did The Invasion (of the Body-Snatchers remake) and also the movie I listed as the Worst of 2009, Ninja Assassin.

I wonder if "In Your Eyes" will be featured in the film at any point?

 

The Poe series is from the producers of Kyle X-Y. I never saw that show, but I remember the billboards of a blonde haired, blue-eyed teenage boy with six-pack abs and no belly button. Probably doesn’t bode well (Poe might be played by Jesse McCartney), but I’ll tune in — much as I love my weekly crime dramas, it will be worth a look to see how they did it in the 1800s without DNA, computers, or David Caruso.

Finally, Annabel Lee is a song from the album “In Your Dreams” by Stevie Nicks which will be released May 3, 2011. (There’s also a great version of the poem via song released some years ago, but only recently heard by me, when director Vincenzo Natali recommended I get the 13 Engines CD, “Perfect Largeness”. Those are quite melodic tunes, as one would expect… I think OhGr should do one, industrial style!)

That’s it for now. I’ve been too busy to do much updating but if you haven’t had a look yet, please check out the official The Key To Annabel Lee website and the very extensive photo galleries featuring actors Nivek Ogre, Cherilyn Wilson, Corrie Shenigo, Diane Goldner, myself and the crew.

New Pics of Nivek Ogre Behind the Scenes

Photo album posted from principal photography on “The Narrator” (Nivek Ogre) in the upcoming series of short films, The Key To Annabel Lee [A Woman in Triptych]

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The Key To Annabel Lee – News & Notes

 

FEARNET | – The Key to Annabel Lee “A Trippy Spin”

DREAD CENTRAL | – Full Trailer of The Key to Annabel Lee

HOUSE OF HORRORS 
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Trailer Debuts on This Week In Horror

FATALLY YOURS | – End Principal Photography Notice

DREAD CENTRAL
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Website Launch announcement with new posters

SHOCK TILL YOU DROP |Shock Till You Drop releases 3 new photos from the set

FANGORIA |Fangoria Interviews Director Staci Layne Wilson & Debuts Promo Posters

DREAD CENTRAL | Exclusive new stills & a quick clip

GIRLFANTASTIC | Main wrap notice plus press stills

DREAD CENTRAL | Article & main wrap notice plus press stills

TK69’s BLOG | Staci Allan Poe & Her Dying Brides, Extensive Report w/ Photos



Edgar Allan Poe Birthdate Set For Annabel Lee Movie Site Launch

News on the way.